As you know nowadays news are more broken that ever before. Google News is the default news source on many Android devices. Though Google News is pretty good, it can be quite annoying at times. In fact, the default options provided by Google News offer very little control over the news flow. It would be difficult to believe what you read from news sites. Social medias are unreliable, too. Therefore you need to find the best place to read the most factual articles by trying some Google news alternatives.
For most of us, Google News remains one of the main ways we find out what is happening. But even with the new changes in Google News, it raises many of the old issues. Over the years, publications have gotten only better at gaming Google’s algorithms, and it is only a matter of time before they trick the new Google News. What you need are new ways to find out what is happening in the world around you.
Google News Alternatives
1. Microsoft News (Android and iOS)
Microsoft has long sought to provide alternatives to Google, and Microsoft News is the latest salvo. It’s a repackaged version of MSN News, which has been around for decades now. But what Microsoft does differently from Google is that apart from AI and algorithms, it also uses a team of human editors who curate the news.
You could argue that Google’s AI-only approach is the better way to go since it reduces human bias. However, such AI-only approaches to news are seen as some of the problems with getting news from Facebook. If you prefer to balance AI and human interaction, Microsoft News might be the way to go.
The app itself is simple to use. Add topics you’re interested in, and it will serve the news about any major happenings around it. You can play videos in the app, read articles, choose a light or dark theme, and even get alerts. It’s not the features that set it apart from Google News, it’s the technology behind how it curates news.
2. Reddit News (Android and iOS)
If you are a Reddit user, you can actually use it to read the top and trending news. The best thing is, you can even discuss and comment on various new articles. There are several subreddits dedicated to news on Reddit. However, if you like to be on top of world trends and news then I suggest you follow /r/news and /r/worldnews. Both these subreddits are quite active with millions of users. If you are looking for something more specific, Reddit might have a subreddit dedicated to that specific topic. For instance, if you want tech news, you can join /r/tech subreddit. Reddit has apps for both Android and iOS.
Sure it takes some time to get used to the workings of Reddit. However, subreddits are a pretty good source to know what is popular and what is the hottest news right now. So, give the subreddits a try and see if it works for you.
3. One of the Other Google News Alternatives Is “Inside” (Web)
Just because an event takes place, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is news. If what you want is impactful news, then an app like Inside is much better for you than reading Google News.
Instead of relying on algorithms like Google, Inside has a team of human experts that curate the news from a wide variety of sources. Each topic (like the Daily Brief, bitcoin, Donald Trump, streaming media, wine, etc.) has a different expert. That expert’s curation turns into an email newsletter, which is sent daily, weekly, or twice weekly, depending on how regularly there is impactful news on that topic. If you want to see how they look before subscribing, you can sample the recent issues.
I’d recommend Inside for the Daily Brief and the ReadThisThing newsletters wholeheartedly. It’s also great for a lot of other topics, depending on your interests. But if you are mainly interested in following technology news, you might want to check out some of the other excellent curated tech news digests.
4. YetiGoGo (Web)
A while back, Elon Musk asked for a new system that ranks news organizations by their trustworthiness. While that will take some time, for now, we have YetiGoGo to fill the void.
YetiGoGo indexes the 100 most popular News sites in the USA. Enter a search term and it will show you a chronological list of all the top news around that keyword. So if you want to see what President Trump is doing today, just search for him.
The site stands out for its simplicity since all you get is a big list of headlines. You already know that it’s from a popular and respected news outlet. YetiGoGo also doesn’t mess with the headlines or club them together for a single topic, like Google News does.
When you want to read about any issue, forget about searching for it on Google News. Use YetiGoGo instead.
5. AP News (Associated Press News __ Android ans iOS)
Associated Press is a non-profit and one of the most trusted news agency. AP News can show breaking news on a variety of topics and from a wide range of countries. Additionally, it can also show real-time news coverage of any given topic or category. Just like Microsoft News, you can create your own personalized feed by selecting the topics of interest.
In addition to the world news, AP News also gives you access to the local news. Of course, depending on where you live, the definition of local news changes a bit but the point still stands.
Simply put, if you are looking for a balanced, informed, and accurate reporting then AP News is that best way to go.
Price: AP News is free and has ads.
6. News for Mom (Web)
News For Mom is everything that is charming and amazing about the Internet. Chris Barr and his mom don’t entirely agree on everything, but they share a common pursuit of intelligence and respectful sharing of ideas. So Chris decided to make a weekly newsletter for his mom to share the different news topics he comes across. And now you can subscribe to that newsletter.
Here is Chris on what News For Mom is all about: “I created this newsletter to open up new paths of conversations with my mom about issues that have an impact on our lives. In each letter, I try to share articles that fall below the fold on issues that are relevant to her: health, education, arts and local/rural/Appalachian issues. I try to avoid argument-inducing national politics and season the email with a bit of humor, a few personal updates and things that capture my imagination.” Here is a sample of one of the recent issues.
If you are in the US, News For Mom is one of the coolest ways to read hand-curated news about things that don’t get widely shared on social media or talked about at prime time news shows.
7. Smart News (Android and iOS)
SmartNews is another hugely popular news app. Just like Microsoft News, SmartNews acts as an aggregator for several high-quality news outlets like AP News, Reuters, TIME, etc., and shows trending and breaking news. All the news is neatly categorized into various topics. As such, you can quickly create your own personalized feed with the topics of your interest. Add to that, SmartNews has a built-in offline mode which allows you to download news and read it offline.
The best thing about SmartNews is that the user interface is minimal and very easy to use. Though the app shows ads in the news articles, you can move to the smart tab for ad-free and distraction-free reading.
Price: SmartNews is free and has ads.
8. One of the Other Google News Alternatives Is “Inshorts” (Android and iOS)
Inshorts is one of my favorite apps when it comes to consuming news on my mobile phone. Unlike other apps on this list, Inshorts truncates the news into 60 words or less. This gives you a quick gist about what is news is. If you are interested, you can tap on the news article and it will take you to the actual full news article.
Just like other news apps on this list, Inshorts allows you to create a personalized feed based on various topics like world news, tech, entertainment, etc.
If you are a busy individual who likes to take the news in quick and short bites then Inshorts is a pretty good app. Do give it a try and see how works for you.
Price: The app is free and shows ads.
That is it. You can also try RSS reader and subscribe to the news you want. We use Feedly for that at TechWiser. If you think I missed any of your favorite Google News alternative new apps or services, do comment below and share them with me.
9. One of the Other Google News Alternatives Is “Nuzzel” (Android and iOS)
While all the above apps are catered towards the general public with the world and/or local news feed, Nuzzel is specially designed for business professionals. Nuzzel shows curated news from various industries like tech, media, finance, etc. If you want to, you can even make the app send curated newsletters related to the topics of your choice.
Additionally, you can share the news with your friends and colleagues and even create a personalized feed. Simply put, Nuzzel lets you create and consume personalized and collaborative new feeds.
So, if you are busy professional looking for quick industry news then Nuzzel is for you.
Price: Nuzzle is free and has in-app purchases.
With the news overload that we face in the world today, you might miss some of the important things you should know about them. So obviously you don’t want that to happen for you which is why we have the above list of Google News alternatives to stay up-to-date, and this other list of smart news apps in order to avoid fake news.